SGAC Philippines

National Points of Contact
Philippines

Mabuhay! Welcome to the SGAC Philippines🇵🇭 page.


The Philippines is considered to be one of the most promising countries for space activities in the Asia-Pacific region. With the recent establishment of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), the participation of students and young professionals is pertinent now more than ever. SGAC’s activities endeavor to support the local space industry and PhilSA in making space and achieving the best for our country. 

The SGAC Team in the Philippines look forward to being the leading community in identifying sustainable use of space for the improvement of Filipino lives in accordance with the SGAC mission and vision!

Check out our activities and help the Philippines make space!

Overview of Activities in your Country

In 2020, SGAC members from the Philippines assumed new roles as Executive Secretary, Regional Coordinator, and new National Points of Contact. Despite the pandemic and the lockdown situation in the Philippines, several SGAC events were organized:

  • June 2020: SGAC Intro to SSERD-PH (introduced SGAC to young members of the Society for Space Education, Research, and Development in the Philippines)
  • August 2020: Space for the Philippines (2-day webinar series)
    • Day 1: Introduction to SGAC and Coffee Hour
    • Day 2: Space in the Philippines and Beyond – a Panel Discussion with the Director-General of PhilSA and an Asia-Pacific space consultant on the outlook and opportunities in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific space industry
  • October 2020: Emering Satellite Perspectives for the Philippines (in celebration of World Space Week co-organized with PhilSA to discuss emerging applications of satellite technologies)
    • Satellite and Telemedicine in the Philippines
    • Satellite Observation for Sustainable Development
    • Intercultural Aspects of Collaborative Satellite Development

Several members from the Philippines also participated in international SGAC events, such as the Space Generation United (SGU), Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the Asia-Pacific Space Generation Online Workshop (AP-SGOW). There were also representatives in international space events, such as  IAC – The Cyberspace Edition, 2020 Mars Society Virtual Convention, and 2020 Online Global Moon Village Workshop.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Events Name

Event Host City

Event Date

SGAC link

Virtual na Pagdiriwang ng Yuri’s Night

Philippines (online)

April 9, 2021

https://spacegeneration.org/event/yuris-night-philippines 

SG[PH]: Space for the Philippines

Philippines (online)

TBD

TBD

World Space Week

Philippines (online)

TBD Oct 4-10, 2021

TBD

Industry Event

Events Name

Event Host City

Event Date

Event webpage/event link

28th National Astronomy Week

Philippines (online)

February 14 – 20, 2021

https://fb.me/e/19VEXmbCy 

Making Space for Women: Advancing Gender Equality in the Philippine Space Science Sector

Philippines (online)

March 29, 2021

https://tinyurl.com/4kwjshK4 

Global Astronomy Month

Philippines (online)

April 1-30, 2021

https://www.facebook.com/groups/412448165782187 

Astro Space Camp

Cebu, Philippines and online

June 2021

https://www.facebook.com/sserd.ph/events/ 

NASA Space Apps Philippines

Manila, Philippines and online

October 2-3, 2021 

https://www.facebook.com/SpaceAppsPHL/events 

Country Specific Events for 2020

SGAC held Space for the Philippines, its first SGAC event in the Philippines, on August 29, 2020 with the newly recruited NPoCs introducing SGAC. Despite not being able to conduct a physical event due to the pandemic, the online event was a success with over 200 participants.

On August 30, 2020, SGAC invited guest speakers including PhilSA Director-General, Dr Joel Marciano, and Asia-Pacific space consultant, Nicolas Borroz for Space in the Philippines and Beyond, a panel discussion where over 200 participants asked questions about opportunities in space over the region.

During the World Space Week, SGAC organized an event to discuss Emerging Satellite Perspectives for the Philippines on October 10, 2020 with guest speakers Dr Quennie Raagas, Dr Hiroyuki Miyazaki and Karin Brunneman.

SGAC members in the Philippines did a virtual caroling and sang Filipino Christmas songs to share Pasko, the Philippines Christmas culture, during the 2020 Asia-Pacific Space Generation Online Workshop in December 2020.

Diwata-1, the Philippines’ first microsatellite which was launched in 2016, was decommissioned on April 6, 2020 after having spent nearly 4 years in space. Being the first satellite built by Filipino scientists and engineers of the Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) Program (now STAMINA4Space), it exceeded its initially projected lifespan of 18 months. You can learn more about Diwata here: https://stamina4space.upd.edu.ph/diwata-1/ 

Diwata-1 provided Filipinos with their own accurate and reliable satellite data that have been used for various applications, including monitoring weather, acquiring geographic images (over 17,000 pictures of the Earth), and providing data on typhoons, earthquakes, and other disasters. Diwata-1’s images are publicly available at: https://stamina4space.upd.edu.ph/images/ 

Maya-1, the Philippines’ first nanosatellite launched in 2018, completed its mission to demonstrate radio communication with far-flung locations during natural disasters. It stayed in low earth orbit for 28 months and re-entered Earth on November 23, 2020, exceeding its expected life span of 6-9 months

Diwata-2, the second microsatellite of the Philippines deployed in 2018, was improved with Enhanced Resolution Camera (ERC) for pansharpening images and an experimental amateur radio unit (ARU), which can be used as an alternative mode of communication for emergency response. It’s currently active and you can track its location at https://tracker.stamina4space.upd.edu.ph/ 

Maya-2,  the second nanosatellite of the Philippines deployed into low earth orbit from the ISS on March 14, 2021. It incorporates more advanced technology demonstration missions. Later in the year, Maya-3 and Maya-4 (which will have an infrared camera), are expected to be launched.

To congratulate the Philippines for the successful launch of Maya-2, Astronaut Soichi Noguchi took a photo of Palawan at dusk as seen from the International Space Station (ISS).

Interesting Links for the Space Generation in Philippines

Purpose

Link

Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA)

http://philsa.gov.ph/ 

Government/Related Organizations

  1. STAMINA4Space
  2. BIRDS 4 Satellite Project
  3. Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD)
  4. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) 
  5. Science Education Institute (SEI)
  1. https://stamina4space.upd.edu.ph/
  2. https://birds4.birds-project.com/
  3. https://pcieerd.dost.gov.ph/
  1. http://bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/
  1. https://sei.dost.gov.ph/ 

Astro/Space-Related Businesses

  1. Andromeda Mobile Planetarium
  2. Astrocamp Observatory
  3. Cutting Edge
  4. Junior Astronaut Academy
  5. NC Educational Resources and Interactive Events Services (NCERIES)
  6. Nightgazers Astro Tourism
  7. Orbital Explorations
  8. Regulus SpaceTech
  9. Seven Suites Observatory Hotel
  10. Science Centrum
  11. SciMath Interactives
  12. The Mind Museum
  1. https://www.facebook.com/andromedaplanetarium/
  2. https://www.facebook.com/astrocampobservatory1
  3. https://cuttingedge.com.ph/
  4. https://www.facebook.com/JuniorAstronautAcademyPhilippines
  5. https://www.facebook.com/NCERIES
  6. https://www.facebook.com/nightgazers
  7. https://orbitx.ph/
  8. https://www.facebook.com/RegulusSpacetechInc
  9. https://www.facebook.com/sevensuiteshotel
  10. https://www.science-centrum.ph/
  11. https://www.facebook.com/scimath.interactives
  12. https://www.themindmuseum.org/

Astronomy Organizations or Online Communities

  1. 7 Lakes Astronomy
  2. Astronomical League of the Philippines
  3. Astronomy Enthusiasts Society
  4. Astrophotography Philippines
  5. AstroPinas
  6. Baguio Astronomy Enthusiasts
  7. Cebu Amateur Astronomers Association
  8. Filipino Astro Community
  9. Innovation Science & Astronomy Association of Cebu
  10. Kagitingan Sidewalk Astronomers
  11. Manila Street Astronomers
  12. Philippine Astronomical Society
  13. Philippine Astronomy Exchange
  14. Philippine Astronomy Forum
  1. https://www.facebook.com/7LakesAstronomy
  2. https://astroleaguephils.org/
  3. https://www.facebook.com/astronomyenthusiastssociety
  4. https://www.facebook.com/groups/astr0PH
  5. https://www.facebook.com/groups/406903166490631
  6. https://www.facebook.com/groups/946724352339758
  7. https://www.facebook.com/groups/169245623098693
  8. https://www.facebook.com/groups/filastrocomm
  9. https://www.facebook.com/isaacebu
  10. https://www.facebook.com/Kagitingan-Sidewalk-Astronomers-577432072765345
  11. https://www.facebook.com/ManilaStreetAstronomers
  12. https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineAstronomicalSociety
  13. https://www.facebook.com/groups/195162934173755
  14. https://www.facebook.com/groups/325788820932980 

Collegiate Astro-related Organizations

  1. BPSU Astronomical Society
  2. DLSU Optical Society
  3. IAU Astronomical Society
  4. Junior Philippine Physics Society – Siliman
  5. LIPPAD Ateneo de Davao University
  6. MSU-Marawi Astronomy Club
  7. Organization of New Era Students of Astronomy
  8. PNU Astronomical Society
  1. Philippine Physics Society
  2. RTU Astronomy Society
  3. UP Astronomical Society
  4. UP Baguio Astronomy Society
  5. UP Los Banos Astronomical Society
  6. USC Physics and Astronomy Society
  1. https://www.facebook.com/bpsu.astrosoc
  2. https://www.facebook.com/DLSUOpticalSociety
  3. https://www.facebook.com/IAUAS
  4. https://www.facebook.com/JuniorPhilippinePhysicsSociety
  5. https://www.facebook.com/lippad.addu
  6. https://www.facebook.com/marawiastroclub
  7. https://www.facebook.com/Neu.ph.official/
  8. https://www.facebook.com/Philippine-Normal-University-Astronomical-Society-1498258070491237
  9. http://philippinephysicssociety.org/
  10. https://www.facebook.com/rtudess
  11. https://upastrosoc.org/
  12. https://www.facebook.com/upb.astrosoc
  13. https://www.facebook.com/uplbastrosoc
  14. https://www.facebook.com/uscphysastrosoc 

High School Astro-related Organizations

  1. Astronomy and Physics Society of SEIS
  2. Bedan Society of Young Astronomers
  3. EAC Polaris
  4. DLSAU Green Astronomical Society
  5. ISCAG School Astronomy Club
  1. Judenite’s Astronomical Society
  2. Nocturn Astronomical Society
  3. PUP-LHS Astronomy, Science, & Technological Redearch Association
  4. Society for Space Education, Research and Development – Philippines
  5. The Reaching Astronomer Student Team
  1. https://www.facebook.com/APSSEIS.edu.ph
  2. https://www.facebook.com/BSYASHS
  3. https://www.facebook.com/EAC-Polaris-105516774125942
  4. https://www.facebook.com/DLSAUGreenAstroSoc
  5. https://www.facebook.com/ISCAG-School-Astronomy-Club-102422571148165
  6. https://www.facebook.com/SJCSJAO
  7. https://www.facebook.com/NocturnAstroSoc
  8. https://www.facebook.com/PUPLHS.ASTRA.IS.LIFE/
  1. https://www.facebook.com/sserd.ph
  1. https://www.facebook.com/thereachingastronomy 

Publications

  1. Guild for Astronomy Innovation and Advancement (GAIA) Oracle
  2. Philippine Physics Journal
  1. PISIKA
  1. https://www.facebook.com/gaiaoracle2015
  1. http://philippinephysicssociety.org/philippine-physics-journal.html
  2. https://paperview.spp-online.org/pisika